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Mangini admits he initially didn't want Favre

When I interviewed Browns coach Eric Mangini in May for our PFT Season Preview magazine (if you haven’t already ordered it, too late . . . actually, it’s not too late we’re just trying to make you want to buy it), Mangini spoke extensively on the record.  He also talked about certain things on an off-the-record basis, which I am compelled to honor due to the rules of a profession of which I’m not really a member.

Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine managed to delve with Mangini in on-the-record fashion into a topic that dominated the headlines a couple of years ago:  whether the former Jets coach wanted quarterback Brett Favre, or whether Favre was thrust upon Mangini.

Wickersham reports (via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com) that Mangini initially didn’t want Favre.  But G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson did.  So Mangini relented.  Wickersham also reports that Mangini was told that his job was “safe, no matter what.”

The possibility that Favre would be traded to Tampa reportedly caused Mangini’s competitive juices to flow. 

So Mangini got Favre, the Jets soared to an 8-3 start, Favre’s arm injury caused him to struggle down the stretch, the team lost four of five games to miss the playoffs, and when the season ended someone had to go — despite private and public assurances to the contrary.

Fast forward two years, and some of the truth comes out.  Fast forward two more years, and we’ll likely know a lot more about schisms and text messages and head coaches with “no clue” in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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47 Responses to “Mangini admits he initially didn't want Favre”
  1. _ROCKSTAR_ says: Aug 27, 2010 12:15 PM

    Farve who?
    Cue Vikings fans… ‘ you still lost’.

  2. PackFaninPackLand says: Aug 27, 2010 12:18 PM

    So, Florio, we’re supposed to believe that Mangina would have rather gone with Clemens in 2008 and possibly gone 2-14 ???
    Riiiigggghhhhtttt.
    Yeah, Florio it really looked like Baldy didn’t want Favre last year … OR this year. And he had such a horrible season last year too.
    Mike Florio, the Keith Uber-Moron of the sports world !

  3. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 27, 2010 12:23 PM

    Is that why they gave him his own locker room or was it because he didn’t want anyone to be able to ID the source of all the anonymous croc-shots they’d been receiving?

  4. superb owl says: Aug 27, 2010 12:25 PM

    mange is lying.

  5. Nyjets31 says: Aug 27, 2010 12:36 PM

    WHY DIDNT SOMEONE ASK MANGINI WHY HE DIDNT HAVE THE BALLS TO SIT FAVRE DOWN IF HE KNEW HE WAS HURT ..CLEMENS COULD OF GOT US TO THE PLAYOFFS WITH A LITTLE GAME MANAGMENT ,SOMETHING FAVRE DIDNT HAVE EVEN WITH A BUSTED ARM, ERIC WOULD PROBABLY STILL HAVE HIS JOB IN NY.

  6. Calistin says: Aug 27, 2010 12:51 PM

    It’s no secret Favre played the Jets like the straight pimp he is.
    He wanted a trade to the Vikings, he took a 1 year detour, they got played and now Mangini is a butthurt lame duck clown of a coach in Clevland, and look who got what they want. That’s right, kiss the ring biatch.
    Damn that Favre, he really gets under your skin doesn’t he!

  7. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Aug 27, 2010 12:56 PM

    Farve who?
    Cue Vikings fans… ‘ you still lost’
    ******************************
    How many other losers were there last year and the year before that. Nice try ass hat

  8. nutnbutnet says: Aug 27, 2010 12:57 PM

    Nyjets31 says:
    August 27, 2010 12:36 PM
    WHY DIDNT SOMEONE ASK MANGINI WHY HE DIDNT HAVE THE BALLS TO SIT FAVRE DOWN IF HE KNEW HE WAS HURT
    —————–
    That’s the million dollar question. Maube that answer ws off the record. I’d say that the Jets promised Favre not to break his streak, but their promise to Mangini didn’t mean anything.

  9. Fogs77 says: Aug 27, 2010 1:03 PM

    I wouldn’t buy your “PFT Season Preview” magazine if it was free and I needed to line the bottom of our puppy’s cage….
    You have jumped ahead of Pete Prisco in my book as the #1 clueless idiot writing about pro-football.
    Congratulations…..

  10. Supersuckers says: Aug 27, 2010 1:07 PM

    Ohhh goodie goodie goodie….I can’t wait until Brett shows up in New York!

  11. CanadianVikingFan says: Aug 27, 2010 1:10 PM

    Anyone who wasn’t a Saints fan lost, you retards.

  12. Hauschild says: Aug 27, 2010 1:22 PM

    So, Man-Genius “initially” didn’t want Favre – yet the mere sound of Favre’s name with Tampa Bay suddenly made Favre the prom queen to Man-Gen?
    This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
    When I read drivel like this, I can’t help but conjure up in my mind the video snippet with Vince Lombardi – with hands in the pockets of his trench coat – yelling “What the hell is going on out there!?!?!” …his subjects being sports journalists as opposed to players.

  13. zoinks says: Aug 27, 2010 1:25 PM

    Fast forward two years, and still nobody gives a damn.
    More media-driven drivel from the Favre-gina Monologues.

  14. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 27, 2010 1:26 PM

    Mangini also admits to wanting marble cake for his wedding rather than the sugary vanilla.
    The only chance this lame duck has is to admit he’s a douchebag and he sticks his finger up his own butt and he likes smelling his finger after it’s been up his own butt.

  15. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 27, 2010 1:34 PM

    Florio-is-a-tool says:
    August 27, 2010 1:26 PM
    The only chance this lame duck has is to admit he’s a douchebag and he sticks his finger up his own butt and he likes smelling his finger after it’s been up his own butt.
    ___________________
    I don’t understand your analogy, but I admire your passion.

  16. Nyjets31 says: Aug 27, 2010 1:41 PM

    nutnbutnet says:
    That’s all I can come up with ,but that shows he ruled over the lame ass coach ,F his streak ,we’ll see if he gets to week 5 cause if he does he be carried off in that one….you know our guys are going to come after him..

  17. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Aug 27, 2010 1:42 PM

    That’s Favre for ya. Leaving his schism footprints all over the NFL.

  18. RC IV says: Aug 27, 2010 1:46 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    August 27, 2010 1:07 PM
    Ohhh goodie goodie goodie….I can’t wait until Brett shows up in New York!
    =========================
    Goodi, goodie, doodie?
    Uff!
    It was 2 years ago super.
    I seem to remember you not being able to wait until Favre showed up in Lambeau last year either, how’d that work out for you?

  19. Supersuckers says: Aug 27, 2010 1:59 PM

    RC IV says:
    August 27, 2010 1:46 PM
    Supersuckers says:
    August 27, 2010 1:07 PM
    Ohhh goodie goodie goodie….I can’t wait until Brett shows up in New York!
    ==================== =====
    Goodi, goodie, doodie?
    Uff!
    It was 2 years ago super.
    I seem to remember you not being able to wait until Favre showed up in Lambeau last year either, how’d that work out for you?
    ———–
    Indifferent. And I was talking about the f%cking the Jets got by favre. Green Bay at least traded the clown so the reaction was mixed by the fans. It wont be mixed in New York.

  20. Booyah says: Aug 27, 2010 2:05 PM

    I would say this is because hating on Favre is the “in” thing. Mangini is a shitty coach, always was always will be, so he’s pretending like he was against Burt from the beginning. Even now, he would take Favre in Cleveland no problem. Holmgren would have him too, I can’t wait til Mangina gets canned when Holmie the clown decides he wants to come back to coaching!

  21. superb owl says: Aug 27, 2010 2:06 PM

    mange named his son after favre.
    he had a wet dream about getting favre on the jets. of course he wanted favre.

  22. fleet10 says: Aug 27, 2010 2:24 PM

    Nyjets31 says:
    August 27, 2010 12:36 PM
    WHY DIDNT SOMEONE ASK MANGINI WHY HE DIDNT HAVE THE BALLS TO SIT FAVRE DOWN IF HE KNEW HE WAS HURT ..CLEMENS COULD OF GOT US TO THE PLAYOFFS WITH A LITTLE GAME MANAGMENT ,SOMETHING FAVRE DIDNT HAVE EVEN WITH A BUSTED ARM, ERIC WOULD PROBABLY STILL HAVE HIS JOB IN NY.
    First of all, enough with the CAPS, particularly with such a dumbass comment.
    Second, thanks to proving to all of us that apparently you’ve never been gainfully employed. Mike Tannenbaum and Woody Johnson had way more power than Mangini in this situation, as they should have. So did Favre, which isn’t right. This is a perfect example of an owner’s inability to listen to Bill Parcell’s wisdom regarding Head Coaching. “If you want me to cook the dinner, let me buy the groceries”. This is Tannenbaum and Johnson buying the main course for the chef, then blaming him when the pig turns rotten. Being in a position of employ, you listen to the boss. This isn’t a matter of “balls”, my friend. Unless your 15, or never had a job, it’s probably easy to maintain the, “I don’t take crap from no body!” stance, on the only doesn’t apply in the “real world”. (Give it a shot sometime.)
    If you really think Mangini’s end-of-season interview with management would’ve been improved with a “you knew I didn’t want Favre in the first place!!” approach, again, swing and a miss.
    Lastly, while I’d fully admit he made some misses, don’t forget Mangini also gave you Mangold and Revis. And tough guy Rex Ryan was flexing the roster that Mangini constructed last year.
    Favre held Tannenbaum and Johnson hostage, and screwed them. Whoever posted it above was right. He wanted to go to Minnesota. So after screwing Green Bay, he reluctantly went to the Jets. After collapsing their season single-handedly with his play, he claims retirement, and the Jets release him, freeing him to sign with anyone, including…………………Minnesota.
    I would probably ask Thomas Jones, Darrelle Revis, Leon Washington, Chris Baker, Laveranues Coles, David Harris, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, and until recently, Nick Mangold, how effective questioning the current Jets management team is.

  23. MuskyHunter2542 says: Aug 27, 2010 2:28 PM

    Crocks

  24. Pervy *Harvin says: Aug 27, 2010 2:34 PM

    Mangina(as in vagina) is a f@cking lying tool…

  25. marinofreakout says: Aug 27, 2010 2:40 PM

    jets fans are ridic- remember when they used to refer to that guy as “mangenius?”

  26. Ilovefoolsball says: Aug 27, 2010 2:40 PM

    Mangini would’ve been better off without Favre, so would Minnesota, but let them keep him, he’ll just break their hearts again and again. :)

  27. PackAttackBackMan says: Aug 27, 2010 2:43 PM

    Favre bent over the Jets and gave them a good one…treated them like the cheap who*es that they are…

  28. TylerDurden says: Aug 27, 2010 2:48 PM

    Everyone’s distaste for all things Favre is a direct result of the mediot’s ramblings that continue to beat this two year old dead horse. Show of hands, people…..does anyone give a rat’s ass about this news? [0_o]

  29. goombar2 says: Aug 27, 2010 2:54 PM

    Ahhh, that guy that said Maginin named his kid after him is right. http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3636994
    The idea was Mangini would name his kid after Favre if Favre signed with the Jets so… I dunno, seems like Mangini might regret getting mixed up with Favre and all the drama that went with it (certainly when the winning ended the players got pissed), but for him to come out in any way now and claim he didn’t want Favre? I’m calling BS on that one.

  30. betheball says: Aug 27, 2010 3:02 PM

    “Wickersham reports (via Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com) that Mangini initially didn’t want Favre. But G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and owner Woody Johnson did.”
    The only thing Woody cared about was selling PSL’s and some #4 Jet jerseys. Brett got to continue his consecutive games streak, hit on the Jets sideline bimbo and eventually land in his ultimate destination. So who used who…or is it whom? Sounds like a win-win situation to me.

  31. Hauschild says: Aug 27, 2010 3:07 PM

    Also, Favre won 9 games in New York, which over the past 30 years ranks probably in the upper 75th percentile for wins.
    And, let’s not forget Favre’s time in New York was money well spent by the owner. He got boatloads of seat licenses sold, and they beat the Pats on Monday nite and fans other than Jets fans could actually sit thru a game and not nod off. That’s pretty near grounds for Favre to be crowned a Saint, according to Jets fans.

  32. Rhapsody says: Aug 27, 2010 3:13 PM

    Few people bought your preseason mag cos they know you don’t know how to interview real people. You had your shot at Mangini, but it was Seth ESPN who got the details from Mangini.

  33. Jamarcus says: Aug 27, 2010 3:14 PM

    “FAVRE SPRINTS TO HIS RIGHT, THROWS BACK ACROSS THE MIDDLE AND IT’S INTERCEPTED”

  34. sand0 says: Aug 27, 2010 3:23 PM

    Who cares what he “initially” wanted. The other day I initially wanted a burrito but got tacos instead after thinking about it. If my aunt had a dick she’d be my uncle.
    Mangini was excited to get Favre in the end and had the biceps not torn he might have very well lead the team into the playoffs.

  35. RC IV says: Aug 27, 2010 3:25 PM

    Supersuckers says:
    August 27, 2010 1:59 PM
    RC IV says:
    August 27, 2010 1:46 PM
    Supersuckers says:
    August 27, 2010 1:07 PM
    Ohhh goodie goodie goodie….I can’t wait until Brett shows up in New York!
    ==================== =====
    Goodi, goodie, doodie?
    Uff!
    It was 2 years ago super.
    I seem to remember you not being able to wait until Favre showed up in Lambeau last year either, how’d that work out for you?
    ———–
    Indifferent. And I was talking about the f%cking the Jets got by favre. Green Bay at least traded the clown so the reaction was mixed by the fans. It wont be mixed in New York.
    =============================
    Indifferent? My ass you were indifferent.
    How do you know it was a F%cking? Were you there when he was signed? Do you know that he didn’t agree to only play 1 year? no, you don’t, none of us do. So,AGAIN it’s conjecture on your part.
    It won’t be mixed in NY? Why would they care about Favre now? They made it to the AFCCG last year with Dirty Sanchez.
    I’m sure they couldn’t care less about him now. he put asses in the seats and sold merchandise there just like he did everywhere else.
    Only fruity Packer fans have their panties in a bunch over Favre. No one else does.

  36. packerfanfornot4life says: Aug 27, 2010 3:33 PM

    after 20 years in the league you’d think media and fans alike would stop spelling his name F-A-R-V-E

  37. frank booth says: Aug 27, 2010 3:36 PM

    Fogs77 says:
    I wouldn’t buy your “PFT Season Preview” magazine if it was free and I needed to line the bottom of our puppy’s cage….
    You have jumped ahead of Pete Prisco in my book as the #1 clueless idiot writing about pro-football.
    Congratulations.. …
    ===================================
    Of course you wouldn’t buy it if were free. That’s just common sense.
    And I bet you share that cage with that puppy. Except that the puppy is smarter and cleaner.

  38. EverybodyGotAIDS says: Aug 27, 2010 4:04 PM

    packerfanfornot4life says:
    August 27, 2010 3:33 PM
    after 20 years in the league you’d think media and fans alike would stop spelling his name F-A-R-V-E
    ____________
    Well to that point, you’d think he’d stop trying to pronounce it like that.
    It’s Fah-Vruh

  39. goombar2 says: Aug 27, 2010 4:10 PM

    Yeah, the Jets are just fine with how it worked out… Never mind the reviews the players gave Favre at the end of the season… Never mind the money he cost the organization, I’m sure Rex Ryan won’t be told to get him. But I think it’s understood Rex is gonna go out and get him.
    It’ll be funny when everything is all said and done with the vikes. Somehow I think their fans will be left with a bitter taste in their mouths too…
    Seems to be something that just follows Favre. I know Atlanta was happy to rid themselves of him, the Pack was happy to see him exit, the Jets were happy he left (they gave him away for nothing)…
    But the vikes will be a different story! Ha ha ha! Sure, keep telling yourself that.

  40. cronn100 says: Aug 27, 2010 4:16 PM

    Mike Florio = Vikings Hater

  41. seals says: Aug 27, 2010 5:14 PM

    When Mangini speaks people listen,,,,,keep hammering out the W’s

  42. CliveRush says: Aug 27, 2010 5:16 PM

    Eric the liar-thief- rat-tried to steal everything he could lay his hands on on the way out of Foxboro. This low then life then cried about how he was treated by Pats mgmt. They had to bar him from the building due to his dishonest ways of stealing information. Maybe he and John Thomasi can talk about old times with all their friends in a phone booth.

  43. JoeSixPack says: Aug 27, 2010 8:37 PM

    Let me sum up…
    When Favre has a winning streak and fans like him, Mangini reminds everyone that he pulled out all the stops to get him to New Jersey, even naming his son in honor of Brett
    When Favre gets on fans nerves for pulling his prima donna acts, Mangini recounts that Favre came to the Jets against his wishes
    Mangini says whatever he thinks people want to hear. Does that about cover it?

  44. sharkattack says: Aug 27, 2010 10:15 PM

    Jets fans are second to only Vikings fans, in terms of being moronically oblivious. You do realize that the coach you are dck-riding so hard, is winning with the team that Mangini constructed?
    Yet you all hate on him because Tennebaum made him the scape-goat. In truth, Favre killed that season, but he quit, and that didn’t satisfy NY’s lust for someone to blame. Well, half of NY. Giants fans at least have consistently competitive product on the field. Plus, they aren’t whining bitches like Jets Fans.
    You will all learn this year, that Ryan is all talk (and he talks a lot.) Mangini (admittedly on Holmgen’s coat-tail,) will look like Belicheck comparatively. Oh wait, you morons don’t think BB is a good coach either. I should have named a great Jets coach…… sorry can’t think of any.
    I apologize, in advance, to the Jets fans who aren’t bumbling idiots. I think you ave a group of talented young players that are seeing their potential squandered by poor FO decisions. My favorite example of which is the following:
    Braylon Edwards starts, while Jericho Cotchery rides the pine. How? Why? Who’s ass needs kicked to get this corrected? Cotch is the best WR on this team, yet he sits third behind Stone Hands, and Wake and Bake.
    Thomas Jones for LT is a close second.
    Sanchez is third.
    The fcking of Revis is fourth
    Antonio Cromartie is fifth.
    I could go on, but I will simply leave the wound to bleed.
    8-8 no play-offs and heads will roll again.

  45. Ambrose says: Aug 28, 2010 8:18 AM

    RC IV says: August 27, 2010 3:25 PM
    Packer fans have their panties in a bunch over Favre. No one else does.
    ————————————————————————
    You can’t be serious. You need to come out of your mushroom cave once in a while.

  46. OLDCRACKER says: Aug 28, 2010 3:16 PM

    Who cares? What’s going on now, or at least this season/year?
    Isn’t something this old called “history” and not news?

  47. RC IV says: Aug 30, 2010 1:38 PM

    Ambrose says:
    August 28, 2010 8:18 AM
    RC IV says: August 27, 2010 3:25 PM
    Packer fans have their panties in a bunch over Favre. No one else does.
    ——————– ——————– ——————– ————
    You can’t be serious. You need to come out of your mushroom cave once in a while.
    ==============================
    I’m suprised you pulled yourself away from the I dream of jeannie / Bewitched marathon on WGN.
    99% of the people bitching about Favre are packer fans. You are the head bitch.

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